A Lovely Lady Ends the Week – Day 39

Such was a pretty Lady to end the week with…


American Black Duck, female.  ❤

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New Life Bird: The Horned Lark – Day 38

I spotted the two of them, flying low over the sand as I photographed ducks in the channel at Ridgevale Beach.


From a distance, they looked to me like sparrows.

Yet I noticed yellow feather patches on the head of one in particular that I’d never seen on a sparrow before.

Which made me want to get a closer look.


I found out later that I had seen my first Horned Larks!

Males like this one are sandy brown above and white below, with a black mask and chest band, yellow patches on the head, and often tiny black feathers that look like “horns” (missing on this individual) on the top of the head which gives them their name.


Now I can hardly wait to get back over to that beach, and see if I can visit with them again! 😉

Sun Sets on Red-Tailed Wings – Day 37 (B)

What a glorious surprise awaited as I headed back through town last evening.


I’d been down along the shore for my usual walk, enjoying the eiders and gulls diving into the waves for their dinner.

Coming back by the harbor, I turned the corner by the Congo church and there he was!

A gorgeous Red-tailed, perched high up on the church steeple.


One of a pair of individuals I’ve been sharing for some time now.

Yet it was the glow of the setting sun on its feathers this time around that literally took my breath away.


Standing down below him, I gazed up and marveled at those beautiful belt feathers and red tail glowing in the sun, as the bird clung tightly to the wind vane spoke with those raptor talons around it.


After a while, when the church chimes began to toll the top of the hour, I could see the hawk starting to shift, as if getting ready to take flight.


I waited, and I waited, and then waited some more to see if he would finally lift off…


And then just as I was rubbing the back of my neck, sore from looking straight up for so long, he spread those mighty wings — and was gone in a blur!


But I didn’t mind.

This glorious raptor had given me the sunset thrill of a lifetime, and all I could do all the way back to the car was smile.

New Life Bird – Northern Pintail – Post 37

And to think I had almost turned the key and headed for home.

Nothing much was happening at the harbor; I’d arrived late, long after most of the ducks had moved on up the channel at the harbor.

When all of a sudden, in flew three ducks who landed skerPLASH on the water in front of me.

A pair of Mallards… and  a third duck I’d never seen before.

He had a beautiful chocolate head, white and brown mottled feathers, white chest with a sliver of white going up the neck – and a bluish bill that glowed in the glare of morning light.


He was swimming quickly by, but I was fortunate to get a snap or two as he passed.

I found out later, it was a Northern Pintail drake, another “new life bird”!  Woo HOO!  😉  ❤

 

Come Fly with Me – Day 35

I heard them a-comin’, long before I saw them.

A pair of Canada Geese flying toward me out on Ridgevale Beach, yesterday morning.

And as they passed I could hear them murmuring to each other, Wouldn’t you like to fly along with us?


Now what do you think?  😉